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Coveted Three Stars Evades Los Angeles In Newly Released California Michelin Guide

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The Michelin Guide has come back to Los Angeles for the first time since 2010.  

Big names such as Trois Mec and Osteria Mozza received a coveted star. The list of two-star restaurants was slimmer, with n/naka, Vespertine and Providence being among the six restaurants chosen. No restaurants in Los Angeles received three stars, which caused some backlash.

For those of us tighter on cash, the Michelin Guide dropped its California Bib Gourmand list last week, which included 62 restaurants in Los Angeles where you can get two courses and dessert or a glass of wine for under $40.

The Michelin Guide has garnered mixed reactions in Southern California, with critics arguing that the Guide favors expensive, European-style restaurants. Others think that the Guide can help add legitimacy, at least in the eyes of outsiders, to L.A.’s already rich and thriving food scene.

We discuss the significance of the Guide, as well as the restaurants crowned last night.


Elina Shatkin, food editor at KPCC and the LAist; she tweets @elinashatkin